Oldest ever rescue dog seeks classical music loving owners

Written by on 23rd August 2022

Dogs Trust Bridgend is searching for a new home for a 22-year-old dog, the oldest dog in their care, who loves listening to classical music.

Ty, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dalmatian Cross, is described as a ‘terrific older gentleman’ by the team at the rehoming centre who believe he may be the oldest dog Dogs Trust, which cares for around 14,000 dogs every year, has ever taken in.

Assistant Manager at the Bridgend centre, Melissa Cook, says:

“Ty is a very special dog. Not only do we think he is the oldest dog we’ve ever looked after, but we also think he’s the first Staffordshire Bull Terrier Dalmatian Cross we’ve had the joy of caring for here in Bridgend. Plus, when he wants to chill out, Classical music always does the trick! He doesn’t mind if it’s Mozart or Mendelssohn, he’s not choosy but he’s definitely a classy canine!

“Ty has been a much-loved dog all his life but due to a change in the family’s circumstances they could no longer keep him. It is heart breaking but he is proving to be a resilient older boy. He is of course getting lots of TLC from his carers and he has adapted really well to his new surroundings, but we’d love to find him a new home, or a foster home, as quickly as possible where he can snuggle on the sofa and listen to the radio.”

More than 650 dogs at Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, are currently ready to head home with new families, and of those around 20% are older dogs – but Ty is by far the oldest.

Ty still enjoys a short walk and is happy to meet up with canine companions when he is out and about. He would like a quiet home and could potentially live with another dog as he’s a laid back boy. He can also live with children aged 14 and over who will respect the fact that he likes to chill out. As an Older Age Pooch (OAP), Ty has some medical conditions which the team will discuss with anyone who wants to give Ty a new home.

Melissa says:

“Ty is everything you could want in a dog and has so much love to give, so we really hope his age doesn’t deter people from giving him the home he deserves. He’s a Dogs Trust record breaker, so he has his place in Dogs Trust history. Now we want to find him a place of his own at the heart of a classical music loving home.”

If you would like to know more about Ty or any of the dogs looking for a forever home at Dogs Trust Bridgend, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming.  If you would like to discuss fostering Ty, please contact louisa.hewings@dogstrust.org.uk or bethan.catlin@dogstrust.org.uk. Volunteer foster carers are supported by the Dogs Trust team and everything the foster dog needs, such as food and bedding, is provided and veterinary costs are covered.

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